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Racket In My Head
May 26, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku333 – A wild sea-   A wild sea-   In the distance over Sado   The Milky Way. This haiku is by Matsuo Bashō.  During the journey that would result in his masterpiece, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Basho stopped at Izumo Point on the Japan Sea and gazed out to Sado Island which, at that time, was infamous as a place of exile. A Wild Sea was written for Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, trombone, Bass Trombone, Gong, Cymbals, Violin, Viola,...
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, trombone, Bass Trombone, Gong, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello, String...
Racket In My Head
May 23, 2020 George L Smyth
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Individual 1 (Living Under Occupation)was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0438: Deep Plan    Step 1: There is just one step this month: Compose a piece of music in which something special is situated at the very center. Background: You might simply interpret that instruction as you choose to. For additional context, you might consider this centerpiece a surprise, or you might hint at it at the opening. It might be a gap, or a presence, or something in between. At the moment...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Harpsichord, Accordion, Chorus of Sycophants, disquiet0431, RacketInMyHead
Racket In My Head
May 15, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku332 – from evening mist   from evening mist   the bell   of life passing This haiku is by Issa: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun. This piece is dedicated to Lucky , a rescue greyhound dog adopted by my daughter and her family - the best dog anyone could ever hope for. The Bell of Life Passing - For a Lucky Dawg was written for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Hor, Trombone, Tuba, and Soprano,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Hor, Trombone, Tuba, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass, Naviarhaiku332, Racket...
Racket In My Head
May 8, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku331 – Peaks of cloud   Peaks of cloud:   The ship has crossed   A windless sea. This haiku is by Natsume Soseki, whose literary career started in 1903 with a series of haiku and renga published on various literary magazines. Peaks of Cloud was written for Vibraphone, bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Vibraphone, bowed Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku331, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
May 2, 2020 George L Smyth
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This haiku is by Mats Unden, a Swedish visual artist, sound artist, musician, and experimental composer, based in Darwin, Australia. Being a visual artist and a printmaker as well, some works end up in performances, videos and installations.
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Racket In My Head
May 2, 2020 George L Smyth
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Rhetorical Difference was based on an abstract image which I found to be open to interpretation. As I tried to get my mind around it I decided to go with something inspired by Charles Ives' The Unanswered Question.
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Apr 9, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku327 – meandering through the city   meandering through the city   cars around   infinite game This haiku is by Bartosz Leszczyński, a musician and regular participant in the Haiku challenge as Oxebe. Through the City was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Naviarhaiku327, Racket In My Head
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Mar 29, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku325 – true tranquillity   true tranquillity   hiding underneath creased sheets –   unknowable blue This haiku is by Mark Morris, a journalist with more than a decade of experience writing for major broadcasters and national publications in the UK. He runs the Twitter account Pure Land Haiku, which has a simple goal best explained in the form of its strap-line: haiku to help you relax. In addition to above, Mark also produces music under...
Topics: Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku325, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Mar 22, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku324 – sleeping, waking   sleeping, waking   the emptiness   of my mosquito net This haiku is by Chiyo-ni. Born in the Ishikawa Prefecture in 1703, she began writing haiku poetry when she was 6, and her ability was soon recognized even though haiku by women were often dismissed and ignored at that time. Chiyo-ni was strongly influenced by Basho’s poetry (probably because her teachers were his students), but developed her own unique style.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku324, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Mar 10, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku322 – Traveling Monk   the sun set behind   a traveling monk   tall in the withered field This haiku is by Masaoka Shiki, considered by many the first poet of modern haiku. He advocated realistic observation by “sketching” (shasei) poems and going out into nature with notebooks, thus abandoning the traditional subjects of haiku of the time. Shiki died of tuberculosis in 1902, at the age of 34. Traveling Monk was written for Flute, Oboe,...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Anvil, Vibraphone, Naviarhaiku322, Racket In My Head
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Mar 7, 2020 George L Smyth
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Music for Airplanes was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0427: Music 4 Airplanes   Step 1: Airplanes are noisy places, especially when at 35,000 feet. Consider the noise, especially the dense white noise, experienced by an airline passenger.   Step 2: Record a short piece of music that is intended to blend in with the industrial drone of modern air flight. I'll be on a plane in just a few weeks.  In thinking about this I decided to put together a somewhat dronish piece that...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Cymbals, Gong, Violin, Viola, String...
Racket In My Head
Feb 20, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku320 – the last kite .   the last kite   carries the setting sun   in its wings This haiku is by Aju Mukhopadhyay, an award winning poet, author and critic. His works have been widely anthologized and translated, recently winning the Best Author (non fiction) award at the Literoma Laureate Award. The Last Kite was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku320, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Feb 8, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku318 – in the beach breeze   in the beach breeze   my travels forgotten…   evening cool This haiku is by Kobayashi Issa, who wrote over twenty thousand poems written in his lifetime In The Beach Breeze was written for Bass Drum, Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp and Celesta.
Topics: Bass Drum, Cymbals, Temple Blocks, Crotales, Tubular Bells, Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Harp,...
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Jan 30, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku317 – not heard my breath .   not heard my breath   in years.   breathe This haiku is by Jamie Lickfold aka sevenism.  His album Saline Celestial was Naviar’s first solo publication.  "I’m a self taught musician and sound mangler blurring the boundaries between analog and digital, acoustic and electronic, generative and human. I work in the present moment letting the music flow wherever it wants. My aim is to make music that is...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, Naviarhaiku317, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Jan 24, 2020 George L Smyth
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For Baby Peggy was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0421: Marquee Ghosts   The Assignment: What sounds haunt a discarded movie theater in the middle of the night? I made the decision to slightly alter the assignment for this week.  As an avid lover of silent films I have spent the past decade traveling to upstate New York on a yearly basis to attend a film festival of silent movies and obscure films from the 1930s.  The assignment of discarded movie theaters in the middle of the...
Topics: Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, disquiet0421, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Jan 20, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku315 – ambushed by bush fire   ambushed by bush fire,   had we only been dragons –   a lizard’s last words. This haiku is by Mark Morris, a journalist with more than a decade of experience writing for major broadcasters and national publications in the UK. He runs the Twitter account Pure Land Haiku, which has a simple goal best explained in the form of its strap-line: haiku to help you relax. In addition to above, Mark also produces...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Gong, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku315,...
Racket In My Head
Jan 12, 2020 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku314 – Buoyantly We Go   Buoyantly we go   Like the wind,   Tasting water. This haiku is by Taneda Santoka, a Japanese poet and mendicant Zen priest who specialised in free verse haiku. Santoka was a disciple of Ogiwara Seisensui (1884-1976), the founder of the free-style haiku which discarded the traditional use of the 5-7-5 structure. Buoyantly We Go was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku314, Racket In My...
Racket In My Head
Jan 7, 2020 George L Smyth
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Little Dragonfly Hunter was inspired by the haiku:   my little dragonfly hunter   I wonder how far   he has gone today… The haiku is by Chiyo-ni, who was born in 1703 and was writing about the death of her son. I wrote the piece to be included in the album "A Last Sunset, A Celebration of Candy Lozier".  Candy was an ambient composer and founder of the Studio 4632 netlabel, which released an album of my music in 2018.  A second album was scheduled to be released but she passed...
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Racket In My Head
Dec 23, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku310 – Beyond the Smoke Is Light   Life here was marvelous   But we are slaughtering the world   Watch the forests burn From Marco Sebastiano Alessi: "Ella, the youngest daughter of SityPhoxx has been studying poetry in her English class at High School. For an assignment she had to write 5 poems in different forms. One of them was a Haiku. She knew of the Haiku musical challenge as she often comes up with titles for the music that...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Vibraphone, Chorus, Violin, Viola,...
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Dec 20, 2019 George L Smyth
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Retrograde was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0416: Time Laps   Step 1: Record a short piece of live, improvised music.   Step 2: Reverse the audio recorded in Step 1.   Step 3: Record a live improvisation on top of the reversed audio that resulted from Step 2. (Do this by listening to and responding to the playback in real time.) Then flatten the two layers into one layer.   Step 4: Reverse the combined audio (both layers flattened) resulting from Step 3.   Step 5: Record a...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, disquiet0416, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Dec 13, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku310 – One push of the door, a single step      One push of the door, a single step      And the corridor seems to stretch      As far as the eye can see. The haiku is by Takuboku Ishikawa, best remembered for his emphatic and introspective tanka: his poems were accepted by the one of the most important tanka journals of the early 20th century, “Myojo”, when he was only 16.  Takuboku Ishikawa’s two major collections of tanka,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Naviarhaiku310, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Dec 5, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku309 – bitter winter wind .   bitter winter wind   ends there —   sound of the sea The haiku is by Ikenishi Gonsui (1650–1722), a haiku poet from Nara who settled permanently in Kyoto in 1684. A collection of his works, entitled Ikenishi Gonsui no kenkyū, was published in 2003. Bitter Winter Wind was written for Altos, Tenors, Basses, Organ, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Alto, Tenor, Bass, Organ, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku309,...
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Nov 24, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku307 – Innumerable stars   Innumerable stars   Looks like floated algae   In my mind The haiku is by Dakotsu Iida, a Japanese haiku poet from what is now part of the city of Fuefuki, Yamanashi, Japan. Commonly referred to as Dakotsu, he trained under Kyoshi Takahama, and was a frequent contributor to such haiku journals as Hototogisu and Unmo.  Innumerable Stars was written for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, two bowed Vibraphones, Viola,...
Topics: Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku307, Racket In...
Racket In My Head
Nov 23, 2019 George L Smyth
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Connection String was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0412: One Chord Wonder   Step 1: Choose a chord, any chord.   Step 2: Make a list of the notes that the chord is comprised of.   Step 3: Record a piece of music in which each of the notes in the chord are played by different instruments (more broadly: different sound sources).   Step 4: As the piece proceeds, change each of the instruments/sources, while never altering the notes that make up the chord.. Connection String...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0412,...
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Nov 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku306 – The light snow   The light snow.   The ice without any trace   On the lake. The haiku is by Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937), an important advocate of the free verse haiku.  Besides being a writer and critic of haiku, Hekigoto was a literary scholar, noh dancer, art critic, calligrapher, social commentator, and mountain climber. The Light Snow was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Crotales, Cymbals, Violin, Viola, Cello and...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Naviarhaiku306, Racket In My Head
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Nov 15, 2019 George L Smyth
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A Gift was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0402: Music for Tasks   Step 1: Think of someone you’d like to give a gift of music.   Step 2: Record a piece of music for the person you thought of in Step 1. You don’t need to identify the person when posting the music. A Gift is written for my parents.  In 1971 the writing of my music progressed (or some might say "regressed") from writing songs on the guitar to writing serial music.  I remember sitting at the piano...
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Nov 8, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku305 – Walking the sky   Walking the sky   a clear moon   all alone The haiku is by Ogiwara Seisensui, a Japanese haiku poet active during the Taishō and Showa periods of Japan. He started the school of free haiku which made Ozaki Hōsai and Taneda Santoka popular. In 1911 Seisensui, with the support of Kawahigashi Hekigodo (1873-1937), founded the literary magazine Soun. Walking The Sky was written for Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello...
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Nov 1, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku304 – reflection   reflection   in the water   a traveler The haiku is by wandering poet and ascetic Zen priest, Santōka, who was a disciple of Ogiwara Seisensui, one of the first poets to discard the traditional use of the 5-7-5 structure in haiku.  Santōka’s poetry emphasizes the necessity of sabi (solitude) in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment and serenity. Reflections was written for Flute, Oboe, Vibraphone, two Solo...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Vibraphone, Solo Violin, Solo Viola, Solo Cello, naviarhaiku304, Racket In My Head
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Oct 25, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku303 – Whenever I speak   Whenever I speak   My lips are   chilled— Autumn wind. The haiku is by Basho. This poem has become a well-known Japanese proverb, meaning "It is better to leave many things unsaid". Autumn Wind was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass Autumn Wind - Score on YouTube - https://youtu.be/QcbvMZSnRfA
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Oct 18, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku302 – bursts from our guns   bursts from our guns   the town on the horizon   a brief vision of light The haiku was by Julien Vocance published “Cent visions de guerre” (A Hundred Visions of War) in 1916. From the battlefield of World War I, this French soldier decided to express his emotions of life in the trenches in the form of haiku. To accompany this piece I wrote my own haiku:   The world's other side,   Old man, an uncaring...
Topics: Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Gong, Snare Drum, Riangle, Tubular...
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Oct 11, 2019 George L Smyth
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No Food In The House piece was based on a haiku I wrote:      No food in the house      Someone please go to the store      Finally, dinner! It is in three parts, each part relating to a line in the poem. Included within is an homage to Talking Heads’ Burning Down The House. No Food In The House was written for Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Cymbals, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Tubular Bells, Cymbals, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass.
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Oct 5, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku300 – four, five, nine years   four, five, nine years   always the first to bloom…   cherry tree The haiku was by Kobayashi Issa: his poems were often lively and humorous, despite his life was marked by sorrow.
Topics: Oboe, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass, naviarhaiku300, Racket In My Head
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Sep 14, 2019 George L Smyth
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Unloading The Dishwasher was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0402: Music for Tasks   Step 1: Think of chores or tasks you are responsible for regularly that don’t take a huge amount of time, like doing the dishes, or weeding the garden, or walking the dog.   Step 2: Select out of the list resulting from Step 1 a single chore or task, for which you will, in this project, create a score or sonic backdrop.   Step 3: Take a sonic inventory of the experience of doing the chore or...
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Sep 13, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku297 – awakened from sleep     awakened from sleep     surprised by the darkness–     late autumn The haiku was by Mizuhara Shuoshi, a 20th century Japanese poet. Shuoshi rebelled against the principles of emotional detachment in haiku, which he thought limited his ability to emotionally express himself through poetry: he started a magazine called Staggerbush which focused on a more romantic, lyrical type of haiku. I seldom sleep...
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Sep 7, 2019 George L Smyth
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Rauschen Time was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0401: Noise Pacing   Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the German word “rauschen.” Understand that “rauschen” is noise in the sense of white noise, waterfall noise, background noise, static, wind in trees, rain, etc. The blurred, diffuse, continuous kind of noise, not short individual non-tonal sounds.   Step 2: You are going to make music in which one or more “rauschen” noise(s) will be used as the beat or rhythm for...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Maracas, Cymbals, Gong, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Violin, Viola, Cello,...
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Sep 5, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku296 – evening haze     evening haze:     when memories come, how distant     are the by gone days The haiku was by Takai Kito, a disciple of Yosa Buson. Despite becoming a professional haikai master in 1771, Kito remained one of Buson’s most trusted disciples until the death of the great master, and was the de facto coordinator of Buson’s haikai group. Imagine taking that last sip of coffee on Mount Mitchell as the sun slowly hides...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Cymbals, Gong, Crotales, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola,...
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Aug 29, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku295 – night train .   night train   the briefly lit lives   of others The haiku was by Mark Gilfillan . He was one of the panelists at the Naviar Haiku Fest in London last October. He’s a member of the British Haiku Society and has been writing haiku and senryu for around seven years, His first collection Ghost Moon received positive reviews from esteemed American haiku Journal Frog Pond and the British Haiku Society’s Blithe Spirit. I...
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Aug 23, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku294 – spring dawn   spring dawn   wind turbines harvest   silver fog This haiku was by Michael Baeyens , a young Belgian author of speculative and dark fiction, horror, fantasy and the supernatural, as well as haiku. Considering the subject matter, I had to write this piece in the form of a round. Wind Turbines Harvest Silver Fog was written for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass.
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Aug 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku293   Each time they roll in   the beach waves break up   the plovers This haiku was by Shiba Sonome (1664–1726). She was a haiku poet and disciple of Matsuo Bashô. Reichhold wrote about her: “One sees that most of these women gained access to the inner circle around Basho by being related either by marriage or blood to one of his disciples. It is possible that Shiba Sonome was one of the few to be accepted as a poet on her own.” The...
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Jul 26, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku290 – Polarized Sky   polarized sky   the mixed melodies   of twilight birds The pen name “an’ya” loosely translates into “a peaceful surprise light in the moonless night”. Though nowadays she writes mostly tanka, in 2011 an’ya was voted one of the top ten haiku poets in the world by Simply Haiku. I had never heard of tanka until reading about an’ya.  In response I decided to form my piece in the shape of a musical tanka,...
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Jul 12, 2019 George L Smyth
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Waterfall, River, Ocean was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0393: Mix Master Step 1: Choose three pieces of music you recorded previously. Step 2: From each of those three pieces, choose one element you particularly like. Step 3: Create a new piece of music combining the three elements whose selection resulted from Step 2. (Additional elements may be added, certainly.) The weeks I can I submit to the Naviar Haiku blog .  The three most current entries were titled A Clear...
Topics: Waterfall, River, Ocean was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Cymbals, Gong, Crotales,...
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Jul 11, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku288 – A clear waterfall   a clear waterfall   into the ripples   fall green pine needles Among the four great masters of Japanese haiku, Issa was the most prolific: during his lifetime he wrote over 20,000 haiku, hundreds of tanka, and several haibun. I remember watching the Steve Allen show when I was a kid.  Someone would suggest a few notes to him and he would improvise a piece based on those notes.  So I decided to do the same. ...
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Jun 28, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku286 – when I gazed down the ocean   When I gazed down the ocean,   I could see with amazement   The countless lights that shone This haiku was created by by Marco Sebastiano Alessi & Talk to Transformer . I imagine floating in the three dimensional water, watching what is going on around me, then moving to another area and doing the same.  This has little difference with what I like to do on land - examine, enjoy, move on, repeat. When...
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Racket In My Head
Jun 26, 2019 George L Smyth
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I was photographing in North Carolina in August 2007 during the third day of an improbably hot stretch.  In the middle of a large field I set up my tripod, put my 4x5" camera on top, and inserted a 150mm lens.  The dark cloth went over my head and as I focused the image the sweat dripped mercilessly into my eyes, the salt stinging them, making it hard to see.  I am cold adverse and heat has never caused me to not do something, but for the first time I decided, after releasing the...
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Jun 22, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku285 – I’m on the shore of a river   I’m on the shore of a river   on some rocky path, on a hillside   my way home This is a haiku by Jamie Lickfold aka Sevenism.  He generated some haiku using Talk to Transformer, a neural network capable of completing texts. The results were fascinating so I chose one of those poems for this week’s challenge. Sevenism is one of the earliest participants in the Haiku challenge, as well as the first...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku285, Racket In My Head
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Jun 21, 2019 George Smyth
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Inevitability was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0390: Pace Quickens   Step 1: For this project you’ll be reworking either a field recording or an old piece of your own music. The slower the better, as far as the original recording is concerned. Reading through these instructions first may aid in your selection process.   Step 2: Choose a field recording or and old piece of music of your own. (Define “old” as you like. “Preexistence” is the main factor.)   Step 3:...
Topics: Alto Flute, English Horn, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Gong, disquiet0390, Racket In My Head
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Jun 8, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku283 – The clear day in the rainy season   The clear day in the rainy season.   The madder red of the twilight appeared   And vanished instantly. This is a haiku by Takahama Kyoshi. Kyoshi was the editor of the haiku magazine Hototogisu, which promoted a more traditional style of haiku compared to other contemporary schools which were not following the pattern of seventeen syllables at that time. Kyoshi also highlighted the symbolic function...
Topics: Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku283, Racket In My...
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Jun 2, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku282 – the sky I see   the sky I see   seems full of   magnolia blossoms This is a haiku by Natsume Soseki. His investigation of a rapidly westernizing Japanese society and its sense of alienation has kept him famous into the 21st century: to this day, he’s considered one of the greatest Japanese writers of all time. Soseki wrote novels (most famously Kokoro in 1914), haiku and children’s fairy tales. The Sky I See was written for three...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, naviarhaiku282, Racket In My Head
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Jun 1, 2019 George L Smyth
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Everything & More was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0387: Everything and More   There is only one step to this project:   Step 1: Make a single piece of music using every single instrument that you have at your disposal. I write my scores using Sibelius software and play that score through Noteperformer.  This means that in addition to just about every instrument you have heard of, I have at my disposal instruments such as the Taiko, Cimbasso, and Bandoneon.   So I...
Topics: Clarinet, Baritone Horn, Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Bass, String Bass, Voice, disquiet0387,...
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May 25, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku281 – The summer grasses   The summer grasses   All that remains   Of brave soldiers dreams This is a haiku by Matsuo Basho, who moved to Edo (now Tokyo) and joined the local active poetry community. he started writing under the name Basho after he received a basho tree from one of his students. He wrote in a particular form called Haibun, a fusion of haiku and prose: his most famous haibun collection is The Narrow Road to the Interior.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, Sting Bass, naviarhaiku281, Racket In My Head
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May 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku280 – night ends in hills   night ends in hills   before clocks strike four -   cloud covered sun hides This is a haiku by Aju Mukhopadhyay, a fiction writer, poet and critic, who’s written 32 books and received several poetry awards in India and abroad. Aju writes about wildlife and nature, and so far has published seven books of poems in English and two in Bangla. Night Ends In Hills was written for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku280, Racket In My Head
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May 9, 2019 George L smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku279 – Ripples on water   Ripples on water   reflecting the light of dawn   the breaking of day This is a haiku by Jason Richardson, a Leeton-based musician and poet. In 2014 his music was part of the sound installation we made for the State of Origin exhibition in London. Later this year Jason will be exhibiting his haiku, photographs and music as part of an exhibition at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery. Ripples Reflecting The Light Of...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Viola, naviarhaiku279, Racket In My Head
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May 4, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku278 – coolness   coolness—   a mountain stream splashes out   between houses This is a haiku by Masaoka Shiki, who dedicated most of his life to haiku and is usually credited with reviving this Japanese poetic form. He advocated realistic observation by “sketching” (shasei) poems and going out into nature with notebooks, thus abandoning the traditional subjects of haiku of the time. His advice for an aspiring poet was, "Use both...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Wood Blocks, Gong, Vibraphone, Cymbals, Violin, Viola,...
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May 3, 2019 George L Smyth
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Temporary Existence was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0383: Interstellar Ambience   Step 1: The goal is to record an artificial rendering of background ambient sound. The inspiration is, if you’re familiar with them, those YouTube videos in which people have stitched together loops of ambience extracted from movies like Blade Runner, anime like Ghost in a Shell, and TV shows like Star Trek. There are elements to a given place’s soundscape that ebb and flow, shift and morph,...
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Apr 27, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku277 – waking from summer sleep   waking from summer sleep--   moon gazing   on the levee This is a haiku by Kobayashi Issa (1763 – 1828), one of Japan’s most prolific poets and considered one of the four haiku masters, together with Bashō, Buson and Shiki. His real name was Kobayashi Yataro, but eventually took the pen name Issa, which means “cup of tea”. Summer Sleep was written for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku277, Racket In My Head
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Apr 22, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku276 – Rain-Soaked Wind   rain-soaked wind   the weather-worn notice   peels back more This is a haiku by Alan Summers, an award-winning poet and President of the United Haiku and Tanka Society. This haiku was selected for a street installation currently on display in Washington DC, created on the occasion of the 6th annual Golden Haiku Competition.  Rain-Soaked Wind was written for Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Cello, naviarhaiku276, Racket In My Head
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Apr 12, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku275 – Home is not a place   Home is not a place.   It could be anywhere when   you are truly loved. This is a haiku by Richard Ratcliffe, whose wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian citizen, was arrested three years ago “for allegedly plotting to topple the Iranian government.” She’s been held captive ever since. This year, supporters have been asked to write Haiku poems about what home means to them to hang from the tree...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku275, Racket In My Head
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Apr 12, 2019 George L Smyth
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Broken was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0380: Ears Only     Just one step this week:     Step 1: Record a piece of music for someone in particular. (You don’t need to identify who the person is. You alone need to know the person for whom you are composing.) I meet on a monthly basis with a small group of photographers to share the work we have done recently.  I have found that surrounding myself with smarter and more talented people is the best way to develop my skills...
Topics: Clarinet, Horn, Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0380, Racket In My Head
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Apr 4, 2019 George L Smyth
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A Dream Itself Is But A Shadow was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0379: Open Studios     Step 1: The purpose of this week’s project is to provide participants opportunities to get feedback on works-in-progress. Consider work you’re doing you’d appreciate responses to from fellow Junto participants.     Step 2: Either upload an existing recording (sketches and mid-process takes may prove optimal), or record something new and post it online for feedback. If there are some...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0379, Racket In...
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Mar 27, 2019 George L Smyth
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For the piece Gobzt I collaborated with Stephen M. Weinstock.   He sent me a short movement of a twelve tone string quartet he had written a number of years ago.  I pulled the four themes out and reworked them, adding flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, vibraphone, string bass and drum set - basically I changed everything.  His themes, however, are completely the basis for the Largo sections.
Topics: Flute, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Vibraphone, String Bass, Drum Set, Racket In My Head
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Mar 11, 2019 George L Smyth
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In the Roman myth, Jupiter (the king of the gods) lusts after a young woman named Callisto, a nymph of Diana. Juno, Jupiter’s wife, discovers that Callisto has a son named Arcas, and believes it is by Jupiter. In her jealousy, Juno transforms the beautiful Callisto into a bear so she no longer attracts Jupiter. Callisto, while in bear form, later encounters her son Arcas, who almost shoots the bear, but to avert the tragedy, Jupiter turns Arcas into a bear too and puts them both in the sky,...
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Harp, Chorus, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
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Mar 9, 2019 George L Smyth
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Unknown Particles was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0375: Despite Yourself      Step 1: There is only one step for this project: Make a piece of music that sounds as unlike you as you can accomplish. Just about all of my music is orchestral, where I make the score available to anyone interested.  The music, for the most part, is rather tonal. Unknown Particles is a departure from both of these, as I decided to jump completely into the atonal arena.  While there are...
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Mar 4, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to an At Water's Edge challenge.       The challenge is, you know, scales. We challenge you to create a track using alternate tunings, unusual scales, and so on. And make it about being underwater. The idea of this piece is about being underwater and scales.  For the first part I started thinking about krill, small crustaceans that are toward the bottom of the food chain upon which so many underwater creatures depend (a blue whale can consume up to four...
Topics: Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
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Mar 1, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku269 – Before the crossroads   Before the crossroads   not a stir across the land   a sunrise moment This is a haiku by Jeffrey Yamaguchi creates projects with words, photos, and video as art explorations, as well as through his work in the publishing industry.  The Crossroads was written for Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Wagner Tuba, Bass Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Bassoon, Wagner Tuba, Bass Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Feb 23, 2019 George L Smyth
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Copernican Transience was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0373: Copernican Music .   Step 1: Compose a work of music for sentient beings elsewhere in the universe. Aside from sentience, assume nothing about your audience culturally or cognitively. Make a connection by modulating frequency and amplitude over time.   Step 2: Share your work with the cosmos. Very recently I wrote a piece that came quite close to fitting the intentions of this project.  Of course, I did not want to...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, disquiet0373, Racket In My Head
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Feb 21, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku268 – transience . . .   transience . . .   petal by petal   we let go This is a haiku by Debbie Strange , which was awarded “Best Haiku, Canada” in the 2017 Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational .  Debbie is an internationally published short form poet, haiga artist, and photographer, whose creative passions bring her closer to the world and to herself. She has a deep reverence for nature, and her work often reflects...
Topics: Violin, Viola, naviarhaiku268, Racket In My Head
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Feb 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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English Vignettes was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0372: Honeymoon Phase   Step 1: Locate the latest instrument, piece of music/sound software, or related technology that has come into your possession. (If there’s something inexpensive, like an app, you’ve been meaning to try out, this project might provide an impetus to do so.)   Step 2: Employ only the single thing identified in Step 1 to compose and record a short track. When I started photographing seriously, like...
Topics: Wagner Tuba, Baritone Horn, Cimbasso, disquiet0372, Racket In My Head
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Feb 16, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku267 – spring breeze   spring breeze   the orchestration   of wildflowers This is a haiku by dl mattila, who lives in the USA. She’s the author of Quietus, a collection of poems published on Finishing Line Press. Her work has been published in Downhome Magazine (NL), Shot Glass Journal, and The Rotary Dial (CA), among others. The Orchestration Of Wildflowers was written for Vibraphone, two Violins, two Violas, and two Cellos.
Topics: Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku267, Racket In My Head
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Feb 8, 2019 George L Smyth
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Concrete Wallpaper was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0371: Concrete Ambience   The Assignment: What could concrete wallpaper music sound like?   Step 1: Consider the concept of wallpaper music.   Step 2: Consider wallpaper designed to look like concrete.   Step 3: Consider what concrete wallpaper music might sound like.   Step 4: Record concrete wallpaper music. I imagine looking at a wall from a distance and deciding to meditate on it, its strength, its impermeability.  I...
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba, disquiet0371, Racket In My Head
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Feb 2, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku265 – dark moon .   beyond Pluto        the pull of a planet   dark moon This is a haiku by Lorin Ford.  Lorin has written haiku since 2004. Selections of her haiku are anthologized in, eg. Haiku in English, Where the River Goes , Haiku21 and Nest Feathers. Her a wattle seedpod (PostPressed 2008) won a first place in the HSA Merit Book Awards, the first Australian book to do so. Her e-chapbook, A Few Quick Brushstrokes,was a 2011...
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Bass Drum, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku265, Racket In My...
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Jan 25, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku264 – Night Wind .   night wind   the bush comes alive   with dreamtime stories This is a haiku by Madhuri Pillai, an English graduate who studied journalism and has worked as a journalist. Madhuri discovered haiku in 2011, and since then her work has been published in major international haiku journals. Apart from her love of books and writing, she is a passionate advocate for animal and human rights. She lives a quiet life in Melbourne...
Topics: Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku264, Racket In My Head
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Jan 24, 2019 George L Smyth, Vonna Wolf and Eithan Hein
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Engage Trio was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0369. This is a collaboration with the piece  TuTu Looking Bass Wolf Code MtnView by Vonna Wolf, which had been created using MtnViewMark-Bits's Trioh - Bass and Trombocoder by Eithan Hein.  This had a very tribal feel, so I decided to work with that in the respect of featuring a clarinet part that could act as a dance.  I used the same instrumentation that had been used in the previous two tasks. Engage Trio was written for...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0369, Racket In My Head
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Jan 17, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku263 – summer nightfall     summer nightfall     the sky slowly regains     its colours This is a haiku by Vessislava Savova. She has published four books so far, and her works have been included in many Bulgarian and international anthologies. Vessislava's awarded and honourable mentioned writings have been published in international magazines in nine languages. The Summer Nightfall was written for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin,...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Violin, Viola Cello, naviarhaiku263, Racket In My Head
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Jan 14, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku262 – the reef’s silence . . .     the reef’s silence . . .     sea fans brighten, darken     with the current This is a haiku by Bruce Ross: poet, editor, professor and past president of the Haiku Society of America. The Reef’s Silence was written for Piccolo, Flute, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Vibraphone and Cello.
Topics: Piccolo, Flute, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Cello, naviarhaiku262, Racket In My Head
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Jan 3, 2019 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku261 – mountain village .   mountain village   the endless solitude   of a lark's song This is a haiku by Iliyana Stoyanova, who has a PhD in Theology. She is the Living Legacies Editor at the Living Haiku Anthology, Communications Officer and BHS Awards Administrator at the British Haiku Society, Secretary of the United Haiku and Tanka Society, and also a member of Haiku Club-Plovdiv and The London Haiku Group. Her first book Ostrovityansko...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Acoustic Guitar, naviarhaiku260, Racket In My Head
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Dec 28, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku260 – winter sun .   winter sun   a titmouse drinks water   from an ivy leaf This is a haiku by Gergana Yaninska, a midwife from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She has been writing haiku for several years and her work has appeared in A Hundred Gourds, Cattails, Bones, Frogpond, Modern Haiku, Ershik, Mainichi Daily News, Blithe Spirit, the World Haiku Association Haiga Contest (with selections and awards by Kuniharu Shimizu), and other haiku...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku260, Racket In My Head
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Dec 13, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku258 – high-resolution snowflake .   high-resolution snowflake   a cobweb   covered in frost This is a haiku by Iliyana Stoyanova, a freelance translator and one of the co-authors of a collection of haiku poems, Matchbox Boats, published in 2014. A Snowflake, A Cobweb was written for Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and Vibraphone.
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Vibraphone, naviarhaiku258, Racket In My Head
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Dec 10, 2018 George L Smyth
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A Sewing-Machine And An Umbrella was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0362: Operational Surrealism .      Just one step this week: Make something as “beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting-table of a sewing-machine and an umbrella.” The idea here was to work with two dissimilar items, in this case a twelve-tone row and a tonal center.  The more I worked on this the more I was able to find, and with hours to go before the deadline for completing the piece, I am...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0362, Racket In My Head
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Dec 7, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku257 – daybreak .   daybreak;   from the middle of the rain   a skylark song This is a haiku by Onitsura (1661–1738), who together with Basho, helped redefine the haikai no renga (linked verse) and elevated it into a literary genre in its own right. Around this time, the opening stanza of this collaborative linked poem (hokku) started appearing as an independent poem, which Masaoka Shiki will rename haiku in the 19th century. Daybreak was...
Topics: Flute, Piccolo, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
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Dec 2, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku256 – Thin snow scatters on.   Thin snow scatters on   the wind, melting as it falls   Cries for help for light  This is a haiku by Robert Hayden (1913-1980). William Meredith wrote about him: "Hayden declared himself, at considerable cost in popularity, an American poet rather than a black poet, when for a time there was posited an unreconcilable difference between the two roles. There is scarcely a line of his which is not...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Vibraphone, Violin, naviarhaiku256, Racket In My Head
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Nov 30, 2018 George L Smyth
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Walkthrough was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0361: Zork Diaries .   Step 1: Zork is the title of one of the earliest interactive text adventure games. The complete text of a spoiler-laden full run of the game is at the following URL, housed at Georgia Tech, or the Georgia Institute of Technology: http://bitly.com/junto-zork 2   Step 2: If you’re not familiar with Zork and/or with interactive text adventures, consider reading up. Otherwise, just think of the script as...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, disquiet0361, Racket In My Head
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Nov 17, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku254 – My soul is the wind.   My soul is the wind   Dashing down fields of Autumn:   O, too swift to sing.  This is a haiku by Lewis Grandison Alexander (1900-1945), who was also an active actor, director of plays, and costume designer. He was an important member of the Harlem Renaissance: an intellectual, social, and artistic movement that aimed to celebrate African-American arts, which took place in New York in the 1920s. My Soul Is The...
Topics: Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku254, Racket In My Head
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Nov 9, 2018 George L Smyth
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Blue Rhythm was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0358: Rhythm + Blue(s) .    Step 1: Consider the term “rhythm and blues.” Not the genre, just the term.   Step 2: Imagine what you might think “rhythm and blues” meant in terms of music had you never previously heard “rhythm and blues” music.   Step 3: Record a short piece of music that expresses the idea of “rhythm and blues” that occurred to you in Step 2 above. Rhythm is a strong, regular, repeated pattern and...
Topics: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head,...
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Nov 8, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku253 – the piano man.   The piano man   is stingy at 3 A.M.   his songs drop like plum. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight. On the back of his 1968 debut collection, Poems from Prison, Knight stated "I died in Korea from a shrapnel wound, and narcotics resurrected me. I died in 1960 from a prison sentence and poetry brought me back to life." Stingy at 3 A.M. was written for Trombone, Bass Trombone and Piano.
Topics: Trombone, Bass Trombone, Piano, naviarhaiku253, Racket In My Head
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Nov 2, 2018 George L Smyth
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12 Hours was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0357: Clock Work .    Step 1: Think about your previous 12 hours as of the moment you begin this project.   Step 2: Note one single thing that best summarizes each of those 12 hours. That is: one thing for each of those 12 hours. Each “thing” should be one strong association with that hour, such as what you did, what you felt, what you thought, where you were, and so forth. This step’s process will result in a list of 12 things...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, disquiet0357, Racket In My Head
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Nov 1, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku252 – The wire fence is tall .   The wire fence is tall   The lights in the prison barracks   Flick off, one by one. This is a haiku by Etheridge Knight, an American author and one of the most prominent poets of the Black Arts Movement in the 20th century. While serving the U.S. Army in Korea he was wounded and as a result, the drug addiction that had begun during his service got worse. He wrote his most acclaimed book, Poems from Prison,...
Topics: Xylophone, Marimba, Vibraphone, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku252, Racket In...
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Oct 30, 2018 George L Smyth
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A little over five months ago I started working on this piece.  The idea was simple, start with something dark and end with something light.  However, the more I worked on the opening, the more it reminded me of the state of things in our country and unlike when there was this much division fifty years ago, at least back then there was an ending point, something I do not see so easily now.  So the project became larger in scope and meaning, and more difficult to find a way to move from the...
Topics: Flute, Alto Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Contrabassoon, Trombone, Bass Trombone,...
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Oct 26, 2018 George L Smyth
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Ground Swell was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0356: Ground Swell .    Step 1: The goal is to create a piece of music that uses layers to create a sense of unease, eeriness, or disquiet.   Step 2: Think of a place that summons up the sensations described in Step 1.   Step 3: Derive sounds from the place that came to mind in Step 2. If you have access to the place, consider strategies to accomplish this (from field recordings, graphic notations, etc.). If you do not have...
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass,...
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Oct 25, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku251 – I have lost my way .   I have lost my way   In a strange town at night, –   A sky of old cold stars.  This is a haiku by Richard Wright, one of the most celebrated African-American novelists of the twentieth century.  He discovered haiku during the last eighteen months of his life (he died of heart attack in 1960, aged 52). In such a short time he wrote 4000 poems, and his posthumous book " Haiku: This Other World " is a...
Topics: Alto Flute, Bass Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku251, Racket In My...
Racket In My Head
Oct 22, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku250 – I was silent all day: .   I was silent all day:   Facing the sea,   The tide came up.  This is a haiku by Santoka, who spent 16 years of his life as a mendicant Zen priest, probably one of the last of his kind in Japan.   When I am silent, my mind fills with thoughts that both dance and clash with one another, like a mosh pit. I Was Silent All Day was written for Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola and Cello.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku250, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Oct 4, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku248 – Washing the ink-stone .   Washing the ink-stone,   The Indian ink flows away   Blue, blue. This is a haiku by Hashimoto Takako, one of the most important voices in haiku poetry during the World War II years in Japan, together with Mitsuhashi Takajo and Ishibashi Hideno among others. Washing the ink-stone was written for Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku248, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Sep 24, 2018 George L Smyth
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About a year ago I was approached by a singer who wanted to collaborate with me.  I wrote a piece for her but was never able to get her to sing it - I am guessing that she did not like what I had written and did not want to tell me (it's okay, I'm a big boy).  The piece is still sitting around and I am hoping to someday find someone who will be willing to give it a go. I had reached out to a friend for a poem to use for the words and he directed me to a friend of his, Carol Burbank , who...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Sep 22, 2018 George L Smyth
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Fulfillment was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0351: Selected Insomniac Works Volume II .    Step 1: Last week, about 60 members of the Disquiet Junto recorded ambient music for the middle of the night. The specific request was to "Make very quiet music for very late at night for very fragile psyches."” This week, we’ll each select a track from last week and proceed to dial it down even further.   Step 2: Listen through the tracks from last week’s project, and...
Topics: Violin, Viola, Cello, electronics, disquiet0351, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Sep 14, 2018 George L Smyth
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Music For Insomniacs was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0350: Selected Insomniac Works .    Step 1: It’s the middle of the night, long past dusk and long before dawn. You can’t sleep.   Step 2: Think about what kind of music you’d want to hear right now — super quiet, super subtle, unlikely to wake you, potentially to ease you back to the comfort of your pillow, or at least to calm your mind.   Step 3: Record the sort of music that Step 2 made you imagine. I wanted to...
Topics: Clarinet, Trombone, Violin, Viola, disquiet0350, Racket In My Head, Cello, String Bass
Racket In My Head
Sep 13, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku245 – Flowers of morning glory .   Flowers of morning glory.   The sky above this street   Begins to overcast. This is a haiku by Hisajo Sugita, an innovative exponent of the women’s haiku movement, and one of the first poets to combine distant views and foregrounds in the same poem. Her role in modernizing haiku was recognized only after her death, when contemporary writers began to use a similar style of juxtaposition. We change on a...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Bass Drum, Glockenspiel, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass,...
Racket In My Head
Sep 6, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku244 – among thousands.   among thousands   of singing insects, one   singing out of tune This is a haiku by Mitsuhashi Takajo, a haiku poet of the Shōwa period.  She is considered as one of the "4 Ts" of Japanese female haiku poets, together with Nakamura Teijo, Hoshino Tatsuko, and Hashimoto Takako. We do not understand the cacophony of sounds of the insects as they chant through the night.  Their songs are meaningful to one...
Topics: Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Cello, naviarhaiku244, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Sep 1, 2018 George L Smyth
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Mise En Abyme was written in response to Disquiet Junto Project 0348: Hot Mise en Abyme .    Step 1: There is a term in art, “mise en abyme.” It refers to instances when a work of art includes a copy of itself, maybe more than one copy. Consider how this term might apply to sound.    Step 2: Record a short piece of music that applies the term “mise en abyme” to sound, based on your thoughts from Step 1. Sounds within sounds is what I was thinking of when putting together Mise En...
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Racket In My Head
Aug 27, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku242 – The pine shadow falls on the tent wall.   The pine shadow falls on the tent wall   & I see the shrine   as if for the first time This is a haiku by Diane di Prima, one of the founding members (and one of the few female writers to have been acknowledged as an integral member) of the Beat Movement. The Pine Shadow Falls On The Tent Wall was written for Glockenspiel, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello and String Bass.
Topics: Glockenspiel, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, naviarhaiku242, Racket In My Head
Racket In My Head
Aug 19, 2018 George L Smyth
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This piece was written in response to Naviarhaiku241 – Nightfall.   Nightfall,   boy smashing dandelions   with a stick. This is a haiku by Jack Kerouac, who took a different approach with Japanese Haiku.  He said, "I don’t think American Haikus (short three-line poems intended to be completely packed with Void of Whole) should worry about syllables because American speech is something again ... bursting to pop." Smashing Dandelions With A Stick was written for Flute,...
Topics: Flute, Clarinet, Horn, Trombone, Vibraphone, Marimba, naviarhaiku241, Racket In My Head